Norman “Norm” James Willis, 80, of Dundee, passed peacefully Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Geneva Living Center North.
Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St. Dundee, and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Dundee Presbyterian Church; with his funeral service at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ellen Donnan and Commissioned Ruling Elder, Priscilla Andrews officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad or Meals on Wheels.
Norm was born June 5, 1937 in Elmira, the son of the late Raymond James Willis and Eleanor (Horton) Willis and brother of Janet Willis (Lanphear). He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1955. He served as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Sumpter, S.C. and Nice, France. He married Frances (Martz) Willis Aug. 18, 1973.
A skilled craftsman, he worked for Wright-Built Boat Company from 1964 to 1971. Norm worked with his brother-in-law and friend, Milt Lanphear, constructing local homes and structures in the Dundee and Penn Yan area, including Skye Locke Village Apartments, where he was maintenance supervisor for many years. He used his knowledge of construction assisting customers at Heplers Hardware and Robinson Lumber. Norm built custom-made shelves and cabinets for his shop “The Top Shelf” at the Windmill Farm and Craft Market in Penn Yan; and became the maintenance and ground supervisor for The Windmill until retirement.
Norm was a member of the Dundee Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder, as well as the keeper of grounds and maintenance. He built sets for the Dundee Drama Club Productions, and volunteered at the Dundee Youth Center, Meals on Wheels, and Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Norm is survived by his children, Kimberly (Greg) Podoliak, Kristine (Reuven Weizberg) Willis, Raymond (Barb) Crosby-Willis; five grandchildren, Kaleb, Liliana, Ariela, Hunter, and Calvin; sister Janet Lanphear; former wife and friend, Fran Willis (Tom Shepard); nephew David (Marie) Lanphear; several great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Milt Lanphear; niece, Lori (Lanphear) Olson; and several cousins.
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